Samsung Galaxy S8 Tipped to Sport Optical Fingerprint Sensor

Drowning in controversies, Samsung has confirmed that it won’t give up on its plans to launch the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 next year. Traditionally, Samsung launched its ‘S’ series flagship at MWC in Barcelona, and if that is the case this time as well, then work on the Galaxy S8 should have already begun. There have been quite a few leaks testifying this, and the latest hints that the smartphone will sport optical fingerprint recognition that will enable reading thumb print through the display as well.

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This leaks comes out of Weibo, and is first spotted by Sammobile. It hints that the company will not embed the fingerprint scanner in the home button, and will instead have it under the rumoured 4K screen. The smartphone is also expected to sport a bezel-less design, with no home button, and a curved display on the top and bottom edges as well.

If this leak is accurate, then the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be the first smartphone to sport an optical fingerprint technology. This new tech is pegged to be much faster and more accurate than the ultrasonic fingerprint recognition found on several top-end smartphones today.
Previous leaks suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature a 5.5-inch 4K (2160×3840 pixels) Super Amoled display and will boast of an impressive pixel density of 806ppi. It will be powered by the company’s in-house Exynos 8895 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM. It is said to sport a 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel dual camera setup. It is expected to launch on February 26 next year.

For now, it has been reported that work on the Galaxy S8 has been delayed as all focus is on finding the fault in the Galaxy Note 7. If you have been living under a rock, the Galaxy Note 7 is now a dead affair and Samsung is replacing the units with a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. It is also giving full refunds or letting users be a part of the S8 or Note 8 update program if they so prefer. Several Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units have caught fire while on charge, and the cause of it is still a mystery, with some theorizing that the fault lies in the SDI and Amperex-made batteries, while others claim that the fault is in the speeding up of chipset to enable fast charging.

Whatever the case may be, Samsung needs to ensure that it leaves no stones unturned to ensure that the Galaxy S8 is explosion-free.


Samsung Galaxy S8 Price, Specs, Release Date and Rumors

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are currently taking the smartphone world by storm. That said, shape is beginning to form around next year’s Galaxy S8 and it could be released early to offset the Note 7 fallout. The latest speculation is that Samsung could seek help from LG for the S8 batteries. Here is everything else we know so far about the Galaxy S8 price, release date, specs and features.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 specs

The Galaxy S7 had more or less standard specs for flagship devices released in early 2016. The US version came with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (Exynos 8890 in Europe). This top-of-the-range processor was backed with 4 GB RAM and the device performed exceedingly well in our benchmark testing.

The Note 7 battery doomed the phabet and put the South Korean smartphone giant in jeopardy. We can expect that Samsung will pull out all the stops to ensure that the Galaxy S8 goes off without a hitch. So it came as no surprise to us that the company could be looking externally for help with the S8 battery.

The Korea Herald reported that a Samsung executive said that the company is “looking at diverse suppliers, including LG Chem” for help with the Galaxy S8 battery. This has not been confirmed by either company but there are sources who say the deal is already signed between the two. This would not be the first time that Samsung looked to LG for partnership.

The S8 could bring smartphone performance to even greater heights with its two chipsets. Half of the Galaxy S8 devices could be packing a Snapdragon 830 processor while the others might come with the Exynos 8895 that was previously rumored. This comes as no surprise as producing devices with different chipsets is nothing new for the Korean smartphone giant.

This information comes to us via etnews in Korea in a story that also speculates that the processor could be made with a new Samsung 10nm process. If the Exynos 8895 is made with the same 10nm process then the differences between the two might be minimal – just like last year.

The Exynos 8895 processor might be used in some of the Galaxy S8 smartphones. Sammobile reports that an executive from Samsung was arrested by South Korean police for attempting to steal company information about the S8’s newest chipset.

The arrest report might have revealed the 10-core processor Samsung will be using in its upcoming flagship next year. The chipset makes use of ARM’s newest Mali-G71 GPU, which is rumored to be 1.8 times faster than the Mali-T880 MP12 GPU found in the Galaxy S7.

The S8 might come with an Exynos chipset that is said to be capable of up to 4 GHz speeds. The rumored Exynos 8895 would provide an estimated 30 percent performance improvement on the Exynos 8890 found in the Galaxy S7 (in some regions) if the claims are accurate.

Taking Notes

While the S7 made improvements upon its design from its predecessor, it had similar specs to the Galaxy Note 5 released six months before then. And this follows previous releases of the Galaxy Note series. So the previous Samsung phablet generation usually gives us a preview of the next Galaxy flagship specs.

The Galaxy Note 7 has been announced and we’ve already had a chance to test it. Suffice it to say, we’re impressed. One thing that’s very clear is that the Note 7 more closely shares design DNA with the Galaxy S series, with the convergence of edges – whether large or small – across all Samsung flagships.

A high-resolution Daydream

Google announced at its I/O developers’ conference earlier this year that Android Nougat will have VR support baked into the OS. This platform is called Daydream, and for devices to support it, they have to meet a certain specs sheet defined by Google.

While these specs have not yet been made public, several devices have already been confirmed or even released that are certified Daydream-ready. Among these devices is the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe, which has a Full HD display, suggesting this to be the minimum requirement on the display front.

However, the latest Galaxy S8 rumor, coming via phoneArena, suggests that Samsung wishes to future-proof the device by equipping it with a 4K display. Indeed, the rumored codename for the Galaxy S8 project – Project Dream – points flirtatiously towards Daydream, so a focus on VR does not seem at all unlikely.

Samsung also recently showcased a 5.5-inch 4K display, suggesting serious headway is being made towards placing such a display inside the next generation of the Galaxy S series.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 price and release date

October 10: Amid the production halt of the Galaxy Note 7, a possible launch date for the Galaxy S8 was leaked by serial leakster Ricciolo. In a tweet, he claimed the unveiling will be February 26 at 7pm CET in Barcelona. This came from an ‘Unpacked’ photo in the tweet. You can view it below.

Speculation has emerged that the Galaxy S8 release could be fast-tracked as a way for Samsung to offset the fallout from the Note 7. With the new Note’s exploding battery issue leading to a recall that has cost the company millions of dollars, along with the damage the company has taken to its brand image, analysts from KB Investment & Securities speculate that Samsung could release the S8 early to try and repair some of the damage that has been caused, along with injecting a revenue boost that might offset the losses and appease investors.

While this sounds like a good theory, each year Samsung presents its latest Galaxy S line at Mobile World Congress. The Galaxy S devices are essentially the most important devices launched at a large and widely publicized tech conference. It would be an unusual move for Samsung to forego using MWC as a launchpad, but is still entirely possible.

The price for the Samsung Galaxy S7 was up there with the priciest phones around. It currently sits around $579 but started out in the $700 range for most vendors.

Since the Galaxy S7 improved upon the specs of the S6 and the price reflected this we could expect to see a similar price progression to the S8. This would be the natural course and the 2017 Samsung flagship might come with a price tag that breaks the $800 mark. While this would be expensive Samsung has many devices to choose from and you don’t have to go with its flagship.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 design

We’ve already seen rumors suggesting the Galaxy S8 could come in two variants, which sounds believable considering the S7 came as two devices with different processors. But now we have leaks showing a Galaxy S8 with different displays and sizes as well as processors.

The perpetual Chinese leaking forum, Wiebo, reported that there will be two different sizes for the variants. One could come with a 5.1-inch curved Super AMOLED display and the other a 5.5-inch 4K display. Also suggested in the leak is that Samsung could replace S Voice with Viv AI in the newest S-series device.

A report suggests that all future Galaxy S phones could come with curved edges, with flat slate phones like the Galaxy S7 potentially being relegated to the tech trash heap. The Korea Herald wrote that Samsung planned to consolidate its flagship lineup, with next year’s phones being honed down to curve-only displays. This could pave the way for a single Galaxy S8 device, the way the Galaxy S line was produced until the Galaxy S5.

If this claim proves to be correct, it would mean a significant change for one of the world’s most popular smartphone families. A change like this would signify that curved-edge displays had become the more popular choice for Samsung customers.

We hope to see big changes in the Galaxy S8 and we’re not the only ones. The designer Steel Drake threw his hat into the ring for designing the new flagship device and we hope to see some of these in 2017. We’ve seen some interesting design concepts for the S8 already but we desperately want these.

As you can see, the front would have the Samsung logo at the bottom along with the front camera at the top. Missing is the physical home button and fingerprint reader. This makes the screen take up far more of the front of the device and a welcome look for those wanting a better screen experience.

To us, the back of the device in the design renders are equally interesting. The back has a brushed steel look. This would be a complete change from the Gorilla Glass back on the Galaxy S7. At the top of the device Steel Drake also included a projector, which is interesting but probably not practical for a smartphone as it could be too taxing on the battery.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 features

So far, speculations about the features of the Galaxy S8 have been futuristic. Of course, the Galaxy S7 had some cool features like waterproofing. The Samsung S7 Active took its durability a step further. We hope to see the ‘shatter-resistant’ display on the Active in the Galaxy S8.

An interesting feature that could accompany the Galaxy S8 is a new laser dedicated to measuring the heartbeat through the skin. This came to us via SamMobile from a patent they spotted. The device would perceive the pulsation of the arteries and calculate your pulse. You can see the patent below.

The camera system of the Galaxy S8 could incorporate the iris scanner from the Note 7. This came to us from The Korea Herald, who reportedly spoke to a Samsung official on the condition of anonymity. This source claimed that “Samsung never uses the same camera for its flagship models […] so there surely will be an improvement” for the S8 camera.

The official also claimed a dual-lens camera – technology we’ve seen in other high-end flagships this year – could accompany the S8. He didn’t indicate whether there will be a different camera system for the rumored variants. We do hope that the S8 won’t incorporate too many features from the Note 7.

Another rumor we have for the camera of the S8 is from PhotoRumors. They say the phone could come with a CMOS sensor 1 / 1.7-inch aperture that could come with a resolution between 18 to 24 MP.

Samsung Galaxy S8 rumored to have two rear cameras and no home button

Samsung may have big changes in mind for its next flagship phone. While the tech giant has not officially announced the successor to the Galaxy S7 yet (which is expected to be named the Galaxy S8) a report from the Korean news publication ETNews is speculating that the next iteration will look a lot different.

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Several of the alleged changes include:

– No physical home button. Instead, the phone will implement a home button function behind tempered glass or in the display.

– Full-screen display. The front of the phone will only feature the display, no buttons or borders.

– Dual rear cameras. The device will have a dual-camera set up similar to the iPhone 7 Plus.

– 10-nanometer chip. According to the report’s source, the S8’s processor will be a hybrid of a Snapdragon 830 and Exynos chip.

Keep in mind that these are just rumors at this point, and ETNews has a mixed track record for leaking Samsung information. While not all of its rumors pan out, some do, like its later confirmed prediction that the Galaxy S7 will come in two variants: the original and the S7 Edge.

Currently, Samsung is dealing with a number of setbacks, including its Galaxy Note 7 recall saga and lawsuits with Apple. Because of the recent mishaps, ETNews posits the idea that the Galaxy S8 could see an early release, especially given the recall controversy. While this claim is mere speculation, more and more rumors about the Galaxy S8 are stacking up already and will probably do so until Samsung officially unveils the new phone.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Everything could pack into

Samsung’s having a really terrible month. Several of its products — new and old — are literally exploding left and right.

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Looking forward is the only thing the South Korean electronics giant can do as it recalls and exchanges Note7 phones prone to catching on fire from defective batteries.

The potential lost sales from the Note7 may push Samsung to move the Galaxy S8 release up to make people forget about the exploding Note7.

Whether or not Samsung will release the Galaxy S8 earlier than its usual launch right around Mobile World Congress in February/March is up for debate, but here’s what we’re hearing about the device.

As always, take all of these rumors with a grain of salt. None of them are confirmed.

1. 4K screen
Samsung’s flagship phones were some of the first to ship with HD, then full HD and then Quad HD. 4K is the next frontier, but all those pixels won’t be useful for daily use. A 4K screen on a phone has more potential to be a killer mobile VR display.

The increased pixel density would mean sharper visuals in VR with less of the “screen door effect” that currently plagues Quad HD and lower resolution screens. Basically, VR worlds will look clearer and more realistic.

2. Faster performance
Increased performance is a given with every new Samsung phone. The S7, S7 Edge and Note7 all came in two variants: With Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processors and with Samsung’s own Exynos chips for different regions.

The S8 may go with a similar regional difference. Perhaps they will be equipped with the Snapdragon 830 processor, an Exynos 8895 processor and Mali-G71 graphics chip, according to SamMobile. The graphics chip is said to be up to 1.8x more powerful than the one in the S7. Additionally, the chip is 4K and VR-ready.

Samsung might toss in more RAM, too, to help with the faster CPU and GPU and higher resolution screen.

3. Only curved screens?
By now it’s pretty clear the S7 Edge and the Note7’s curved glass screens are winners. Not only are they useful, but they’ve become a signature Samsung design that differentiates it from competing phones.

The curved edges also help make Samsung’s phones narrower so larger-screened phones aren’t physically larger.

One report says Samsung may not release an S8 with a flat screen.

4. Dual cameras?
Dual cameras are really popular right now. LG’s G5 and V20 and Huawei’s P9 and Honor 8 all have dual rear cameras. And so does the iPhone 7 Plus.

A recently filed patent suggests Samsung’s considering two cameras that are similar to the iPhone 7 Plus’s setup for improved zoom.

Likely features
Samsung’s premium phones really set the bar high for future devices. Any features it removes for the S8 would feel like a step back.

While it’s possible the S8 will remove the headphone jack and go all-in on USB-C audio and wireless like the Moto Z series, Samsung made it a point to emphasize that its Note7 had a headphone jack at the device’s launch event.

Fast charging and fast wireless charging are likely to remain and same goes for IP68 water resistance.

Expandable storage returned this year and fans rejoiced. Surely, Samsung won’t piss fans off again.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Rumours MWC 2017 Launch: 4K VR Display, Dual-Cameras

The year is properly winding down now – there’s so little gossip relevant to 2016 coming out of the rumour mill you can hear a pin drop. Of all the things left to launch only Google’s Pixel  smartphones remain before Christmas – launching on November 4. Everything else has been released already.

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That leaves us looking to 2017 for juicy rumours of what’s to come.

The biggest players in the mobile industry seem to benefit most from sticking to fairly predictable and reliable annual patterns – sure the goalposts might move every now and then, but on the whole, we know roughly what to expect and when based on past launches.

Samsung’s established a pattern in recent years of hosting its own separate launch events but often very close to major industry expo events for its major devices, for example, it has regularly launched the Galaxy Note series at a private event in Berlin just before the annual IFA expo takes place there (though it did break with this tradition by launching the Galaxy Note 7 in New York this August).

Likewise, the Galaxy S flagships have regularly launched in Barcelona in the days running up to the MWC expo held there around late February-to-early-March, and this is what it has done with both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 series recently.

Compared to much of the rest of the industry, with fellow Korean rival LG being a notable exception, this is a pretty early start in the year for flagship launches, I mean, to put it in some kind of context Apple and Google are still yet to launch their respective flagships for 2016, with both expected to arrive in September. With the Galaxy Note 7 launch out the way, the Galaxy S8 is the next big thing on Samsung’s calendar.

Following the Galaxy Note 7’s explosive battery fiasco and the resulting mass global recall, there are now rumours afloat in the smartphone space that Samsung may bring its launch of the Galaxy S8 forward, earlier than previously planned. At the moment there is little to go on, as mentioned we can only speculate that Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy S8 in February/March around MWC 2017, and if it is being brought forward that could mean a dedicated launch in January. Could it arrive before that point? It seems pretty unlikely to us, as Samsung is no doubt in the process of gearing up production, but these things take time. January would seem like the absolute earliest.

There are also reports of two Galaxy S8 models being spotted in terms of model numbers, both the SM-G950 and SM-G955; the Galaxy S7 series was codenamed the SM-G930 and SM-G935 for the S7 and S7 Edge respectively. Normally Samsung bumps up the number by a factor of 10, but apparently the number four is unlucky in South Korea so it has been bypassed. This does raise the question of whether these are two regional variants or if Samsung is, contrary to earlier rumours, launching both flat-screen and curved EDGE models.

Samsung Galaxy S8: Dual-Camera
On June 20, sources inside China have claimed the Galaxy S8 will feature a dual-camera sensor. This would mean the handset is keeping in trend with the likes of the Huawei P9 and LG G5, as well as rumours about the iPhone 7 Plus/Pro. According to the details the dual-camera sensor will be engineered by Samsung Motors aka SEMCO, so the firm will be producing its own imaging tech this time round.

An August 30 report has emerged from an allegedly reliable Weibo tipster described as having a good track record. The source is adding to the Galaxy S8 rumour pile; reiterating that the new handset coming in 2017 will have a dual-camera sensor. The informant says that the sensor array will feature both a Samsung-made 12MP sensor and a Sony 13MP sensor. Meanwhile, the front camera is said to be an 8MP setup. The source also says to expect a Galaxy Note 7 style iris scanner.

Samsung Galaxy S8: 4K VR Display
An interesting new titbit has popped up on July 26; having not heard anything much about the Galaxy S8 amidst a barrage of Galaxy Note 7 leaks in recent weeks, apparently we now have a codename for the project. The codename, interestingly, drops some hints about the Galaxy S8 features and also supports earlier claims of a 4K display intended for use with VR, that’s because the codename for the Galaxy S8 is allegedly “Project Dream”. You may recall that Google is working on a VR platform desgined for Android OEMs to work with on their hardware, and that project is called Google Daydream, so it doesn’t take a huge leap to see where one leaves and the other picks up on the naming convention. The word comes via multiple sources in China as reported by local publication MyDrivers.

According to details sourced by the Korea Herald, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will feature a larger 5.5in display with a 4K resolution – allegedly this design feature has been picked specifically with VR in mind, implying that the handset may be being prepared to work with Google Daydream, a possible Google headset, and indeed Samsung’s own Gear VR hardware. In addition, the new report also reiterates earlier claims that the display panel will have a UHD (4K) resolution designed for use with VR applications.

UBI Research claims the handset will sport a 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution. Normally we would wonder why something sharper than the Galaxy S7’s QHD 5.1in setup would be necessary (at nearly 600ppi) as it’s already nearly impossible to pick out pixels if you try, but that said, VR is in its infancy and perhaps there are gains when you’re staring directly into a phone dangled inches from your eyeballs.

The current-gen Galaxy S7 edge has a 5.5in display, larger than the regular flagship, so it is interesting that the Galaxy S8 will be enlarged to this size (and also raises questions about the Galaxy S8 edge!), but with that said, there is a possiblity Samsung has figured out a way to enlarge the display without making the chassis much bigger, perhaps a true edge-to-edge display with no bezels and making used of Samsungs flexible OLED tech? This is all of course speculation at this stage.

The introduction of Samsung’s curved AMOLED panels has often been called a gimmick but the popularity of these handsets cannot be disputed — punters and reviewers alike love them. The popularity of Samsung’s EDGE models even caught Samsung out, forcing the company to rejig its orders in a bid to satisfy demand for the Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE, which is now outpacing sales of the standard S7 model in some regions.

And this popularity has lead to Samsung adopting an interesting approach to its 2017 Galaxy S8. According to reports both models — the 5.1in and 5.5in models — will feature a curved AMOLED display. The source of the news is the Korea Herald, which reported the following:

“Now the Korean tech giant is promoting the curvy screen as its premium smartphone lineup’s key identity,” the report notes. “Sources said the company has already started securing display panels in two sizes — 5.1 inch and 5.5 inch — from its own display-making unit Samsung Display, the world’s sole producer of double-edged screens. “

Other notable features for the Galaxy S8 are said to be non-exploding batteries, a dual-camera similar to what Apple and LG have already come to market with and the introduction of an iris scanner aboard the handset.

Samsung Galaxy S8: How Many Phones?
We previously reported on rumours that Samsung would bring as many as five flagships to market in 2017, allegedly a Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 EDGE, a Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy Note 8 EDGE, and the folding flexible OLED Galaxy X, aka Project Valley. Naturally most of the attention in recent weeks has focused on that new folding form factor device, but now we’re hearing a bit more about the revamp of the Galaxy S7 – next year’s Galaxy S8.

With the Galaxy Note 7 launch now behind us, focus turns to the remaining expected devices for 2016 and going into 2017; that includes Apple’s next batch of iPhones, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus/Pro, and the two new Nexus phones from Google and HTC’s partnership, codenamed the Sailfish and Marlin. Then of course there’s looking ahead to February next year, around MWC 2017, when Samsung is expected to launch a new batch of flagship devices once again.

Now, here’s the kicker; following the Galaxy Note 7 launch, Samsung’s chief of mobile, Dong-jin Koh, spoke to reporters from the Korea Herald and said, “”Samsung has considered that it would make the edge display as the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone lineup if the company can provide consumers differentiated user experience through software and user-friendly functions (for the curved screen).”

This is being interpreted, not unreasonably in our view, as a big hint that future Galaxy S flagships will abandon the flat display variant entirely, and instead we will only see curved EDGE displays aboard Samsung’s new hero models – just as we saw with the Galaxy Note 7, a curved EDGE display model without the EDGE name, and not accompanied by a flat-screened variant.

This does throw the earlier rumour, that Samsung would bring both flat and curved display variants of both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 to market inside 2017, into question. The question there of course is how far into development such plans have gone before this apparently new decision was made to ditch flat screens on premium models altogether.

Essentially there are two possible scenarios, either this new curved-screen only policy, if real and concrete, will be effective immediately, and mean that in 2017 there will be ONE Galaxy S8 and ONE Galaxy Note 8, BOTH with curved displays and no flat displays in sight, OR, this will apply to whatever generation comes AFTER the Galaxy S8, which may already be too far along in development as a dual-launch of both EDGE curved display variants and flat-screen variants.

That latter scenario, however, probably won’t come to fruition in the long term in our opinion; by the time another generation of Galaxy S flagships comes round to adopt the single-model, curved display only policy, Samsung will likely have met with a lot of success from the Galaxy X with its folding flexible display – enough to warrant switching to flexible folding OLED and leaving curved AND flat screens behind; we’re expecting this to revolutionise the smartphone form factor, in a nutshell.

Samsung releases Galaxy S8

The first teasers of the Galaxy S8 have been released by Samsung. This is the first bit of information we received about the new Galaxy since the S7 and S7 Edge were released last month. We have all the details of what the smartphone giant revealed. This did come on April Fools’ Day so we should keep a little skeptical.

On March 31, Samsung stormed Twitter with the hashtag #TheNextGalaxy. The tweet, seen below, also contained a gif of the number 8, no doubt referencing the next Galaxy, the S8.

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This came as a surprise, considering the Galaxy S7 was just released by Samsung. The Twitter-verse exploded with speculation. Did Samsung actually design and complete the Galaxy S8 way ahead of schedule? Is a repeat of previous releases after the flagship, like the Galaxy Blade smart-knife in 2015?

In the spirit of the day, Samsung seems to have made April Fools out us. It released the tweet with a ‘Gotcha’ and the hashtag #AprilFools.

Tweet is for the Galaxy S2 Classic smartwatch and Samsung has once again managed to get everyone’s attention about its accessories on another April 1. Stay tuned, we will let you know about the Galaxy S8 as more information is uncovered.

What are you hoping to see from the Galaxy S8? Let us know in the comments.